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Martha (Crockett) Montgomery (1749 - abt. 1803)

Martha "Mattie" Montgomery formerly Crockett
Born in Shawsville, Montgomery, Virginiamap
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Wife of — married 1767 in Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Kentucky, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Feb 2013 | Last significant change: 7 Nov 2020
05:52: Leland McCleary removed Robert Montgomery (abt.1766-1827) as a child of Martha (Crockett) Montgomery (1749-abt.1803). [Thank Leland for this]
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Martha Crockett[1] was born in Shawsville, Montgomery County, Virginia[2], to Joseph Louis Crockett II and Jeanne de Vigne Crockett. She married Thomas Montgomery in 1767 in Roanoke, Virginia. Between 1768 and 1784, they had eight children. In 1796 they moved to Mount Sterling, Kentucky[3], where Martha died. Soon thereafter, in 1806, her widow moved the family to Gibson County, Indiana.
  1. Robert Montgomery (1767–1827)
  2. Hugh Montgomery (1768–1847)
  3. Martha Montgomery (McGary) (1770–1845)
  4. Mary "Polly" Montgomery (Mounts)[4] (1770–1854)
  5. Judge Joseph Montgomery (1773–1824)
  6. Jane "Jennie" Montgomery (Maddox)[5] (1774–1846)
  7. Thomas Montgomery II (twin) (1776–1847)
  8. Isaac Montgomery (twin) (1776-1861)
  9. Walter Montgomery I[6] (1784–1856)

Genealogy of "Purty Old Tom," Family, and Extended Family, with Letter

"(Thomas Montgomery, Sr, or) 'Purty Old Tom, the Deer Killer,' was born in Roanoke county, Virginia, 1745; was married to Martha Crockett in Virginia, 1767. She was a sister of Col. Joseph Crockett, of the (American) Revolutionary War, and an own cousin to the famous Davie Crocket of Tennessee, “who so gallantly gave up his life at the old Alamo, bravely fighting for Texas independence.”
“Purty Old Tom,” when a boy 12 years old with his gun defended from a block-house his mother and several other women and children, killing one Indian and wounding several others. On some one complimenting his courage and bravery he remarked that it was a case of necessity - “foight or doi” (in the Irish brogue). This circumstance was often related by “Roane" Ike Montgomery, a nephew of his, who was born 1799 and died May 14, 1900, aged 91 years.
“Purty Old Tom” was one of the seven sons of Hugh Montgomery, Sr., and took part in the Revolutionary War; after which helped in Montgomery County, Va., near the head waters of the Roanoke Springs, not far from Shawsville, Va., until 1796, when he moved to Mount Sterling, in Montgomery County, Ky., and remained here until they emigrated to Indiana in 1806. He was the first of the family to settle in Knox, now Gibson county; children eight:
1, Hugh Montgomery, b. 1768; d. In Virginia 1780 at age of 12 years.
2, Molly Montgomery, b. 1770, m. Mathias Mounts, in Kentucky (see page 158) and came to India in 1806. He (Mathias) was a soldier in the war of 1811-12 and fought in the battle of Tippecanoe, Nov. 7, 1811. They settled on the north-east quarter of section 27, town 3, range 11 west, on a farm now owned by John Embree. Children twelve.
3, Joseph Montgomery
4, Jane Montgomery
5 and 6, Thomas and Isaac Montgomery - twins
7, Patsy Montgomery
8, Walter Crockett Montgomery
“ ‘It seems that at one time we had almost lost trace of this family, but further research brought considerable information concerning them. There are quite a number of the descendants of Patsy Mounts, No. 9, of this family, who married Henry Ayers, Sr., in Gibson county, Ind., whose genealogy will follow in this connection (on-line). We here insert a very interesting letter concerning other members of this family; and also the genealogy of Nancy Mounts, No. 11, all follow in its proper place’ (on-line).
" ‘Albion, Ill., April 6, 1901.
" ‘Dear Mr. Montgomery: Yours of the 4th instant received. In regard to the descendants of Molly Montgomery, N2G5, who married Mathias Mounts, personally I know very little. But I referred the matter to my father, Alhanan Emmerson, who is a grandson of hers, and found that he knew all of them and something of the story of most of them. All of the Family are now dead. Stephen is buried in Edwards county, Ill.; Smith, Jr., in Iowa; Milton, somewhere in the South; Hugh, about Davenport, Iowa; Joseph and Silas, in Bluegrass, Iowa; Polly Stennett, at or near Red Oak, Iowa; Selia Hunt and Jane Morse, in San Bernardino, Cal.; Nancy married Allen Emmerson, Sept. 17, 1810, and died Dec. 5, 1876, and lies in the Little Prairie cemetery, three miles west of Albion, Ill. We have no record of any of the family except Nancy, the mother of my father, and consequently I cannot give exact dates. Father knows considerable about several of the before-mentioned family and if you desire I can write you more in detail about some of them. Jane and Celia ave especially interesting histories, both being Mormons and emigrating westward with that sect. Wayne Stennett, of Iowa, a son of Polly Mounts-Stennett, could no doubt give you information regarding several of the family.
Yours Truly,
John W. Emmerson.’ “[7]

Research Notes

Martha Crockett Montgomery's death is undetermined. Tim Dowling's Family Tree (online), gives her death date as 1796, the year Thomas Montgomery is to have moved the family from Virginia to Kentucky.[8] The FamilySearch database contains files claiming no death date for Martha Crockett, files claiming 1796, others claiming 1803, and still others claiming 1805. None of these refer to authoritative sources. Turman asserts 1805 to be Martha Crockett's death date, also without citing a source.[9]


  1. Source: Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850
  2. Source: Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current
  3. Source: Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current
  4. Source: Millennium File
  5. Source: North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000
  6. Source: U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
  7. Source: A genealogical history of the Montgomerys and their descendants; Chapter XII. Thomas Montgomery, Sr., or "Purty Old Tom Montgomery the Deer Killer," born 1745;
  8. Tim Dowling's Family Tree: Martha Crockett.
  9. Turman, 1981, p. 401.
  • Turman, Robert E. Genealogy Newspaper Columns of Robert E. Turman. Ed. Bettie Anne Cummings Cook. Evansville, IN: Tri-State Genealogical Society and Willard Library, 1981.
  • American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI): Name: Martha Crockett; Birth Date: 1750; Birthplace: Virginia; Volume: 37; Page number: 220; Reference: Gen. Column of the " Boston Transcript". 1906-1941. (The greatest single source of material for gen. Data for the N.E. area and for the period 1600-1800. Completely indexed in the Index.): 27 Jun 1927, 5793
  • Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current: Name: Martha Montgomery; Birth Date: 10 Sep 1749; Birth Place: Shawsville, Montgomery County, Virginia, United States of America; Death Place: Mount Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky, United States of America; Has Bio?: Y
  • Millennium File: Name: Martha Crockett; Gender: Female; Birth Date: 1747; Birth Place: Virginia, USA; Father: Joseph Louis Crockett; Mother: Jeanne Devigne; Spouse: Thomas Montgomery; Children: Mary Montgomery
  • North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000: Name: Martha Crockett; Gender: Female; First Marriage Date: 1767; Spouse: Thomas Montgomery; Child: Jane Montgomery
  • U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current: Name: Martha Montgomery; Birth Date: 10 Sep 1749; Birth Place: Shawsville, Montgomery County, Virginia, United States of America; Death Place: Mount Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky, United States of America; Has Bio?: Y; Father: Joseph Louis Crockett; Mother: Jeanne Crockett; Spouse: Thomas Montgomery; Children: Isaac Montgomery; Walter C. Montgomery; Mary Mounts; Jane Warrick Maddox; Thomas Montgomery
  • U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970: Name: Martha Crockett; SAR Membership: 73355; Role: Ancestor; Application Date: 31 Aug 1950; Spouse: Thomas Montgomery; Children: Walter Crockett Montgomery
  • Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850: Name: Martha Crockett; Date: 12; Location: Augusta Co., VA; Notes: This probate record was originally published in "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County" by Lyman Chalkley. Remarks: Joseph Crockett's will, farmer -- Executors, sons, Walter and Joseph; wife, Jean, one-third of land he lives on on South Fork of Roanoke joining Mr. Matteson's line; son, Hugh; son, Walter; son, Joseph; son, Samuel, survey on Cedar Run above Willey's; Description: Decedent's Daughter; Book: WB3-506; Bond date: Mar 17, 1767; Prove date: 17 Mar 1767
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  • Thank you to Terry Kraft for creating WikiTree profile Crockett-744 through the import of Terry and Melanie Ancestors for WikiTree 2013-01-31.ged on Jan 31, 2013.

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Crockett-1253 and Crockett-744 appear to represent the same person because: need to sort-out date/place of death
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